Business Planning Manager

Applies advanced subject matter knowledge to solve complex business issues and is regarded as a subject matter expert. Frequently contributes to the development of new ideas and methods. Works on complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of multiple factors. Leads and/or provides expertise to functional project teams and may participate in cross-functional initiatives. Acts as an expert providing direction and guidance to process improvements and establishing policies. Frequently represents the organization to external customers/clients. Exercises significant independent judgment within broadly defined policies and practices to determine best method for accomplishing work and achieving objectives. May provide mentoring and guidance to lower level employees.

Responsibilities:

  • Leads complex data and business analyses to develop business plans, and identifies recommendations and insights.
  • Works independently to construct highly complex statistical and financial models to forecast business performance; coaches others on model development.
  • Establishes the metrics required to measure business performance, and develops the process for identifying and addressing performance gaps.
  • Manages complex, time- sensitive market research projects and prepares synthesized intelligence reports with clear implications.
  • Leads cross-functional teams across the entire span of business planning activities.
  • Contributes to priority projects by adding creative insights and developing recommendations.
  • Partners with business leaders to develop business plans and proactively identify new opportunities.
  • Develops go-forward business plan recommendations based on potential risks and returns.
  • Identifies cutting-edge analytical tools, models, and methods for making key business decisions.

Education and Experience Required:

Typically 6-10 years work experience in strategy, planning, operations, finance, or related functional area. Advanced university degree (e.g., MBA) or demonstrable equivalent.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge of research methodology for key business issues.
  • Excellent analytical thinking, technical analysis, and data manipulation skills.
  • Ability to leverage new analytical techniques to develop creative approaches to business analysis.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of how to analyze business problems using Excel, Access, statistical analysis, and financial modeling.
  • Strong business acumen and technical knowledge within area of responsibility.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Very strong project management skills, including leading large, cross-functional initiatives.
  • Strong relationship management skills, including partnering and consulting.
  • Developed leadership skills, including team-building, conflict resolution, and management.
  • Ability to identify emerging trends from market and industry data.

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